Weekend Getaway in Kohler, Wisconsin

A few weeks ago I spent four days in the gorgeous little town of Kohler, Wisconsin with some sweet girlfriends. It was my first time to visit Kohler, Wisconsin and I had no idea what to expect, but I fell so much in love with this cozy little village that I had to share it with you.

Kohler, Wisconsin Vacation Ali, Heidi, Sandy, Sommer, Dara, Amy, Me

We shopped, stayed up way too late, ate chocolate, relaxed at the spa, explored the golf course, and I honestly had some of the best meals of my life here. I was in foodie heaven.

The American Club Resort Is The Best Place To Stay

Kohler’s American Club Resort was just named the Top Resort in the Midwest by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s Readers Poll, so if you’re looking for a romantic and unique weekend getaway, I would highly, highly recommend Kohler!

American Club Resort In Wisconsin

Here was my beautiful room for the weekend at the American Club Resort.

American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin

I was in LOVE with this tub! Look! The water is coming from the ceiling! :) It was like my own personal waterfall. All the fixtures were by Kohler, so the bathroom was ultra swanky. :)

Where To Stay In Kohler, Wisconsin

The quiet courtyard outside of our rooms. The hotel reminded me of being on an Ivy league college campus. So beautiful, massive, and quiet, with outdoor hallways, long corridors, and coffee shops tucked in the midst of gardens.

Kohler Design Center and Museum

This Museum In Kohler Is Great For Remodeling Inspiration

We took a tour of the Kohler Design Center and Museum and saw so many good ideas for gorgeous bathrooms. A great place to visit if you are remodeling or redecorating! Or just need some new ideas to make your home bathroom feel more like a spa. :)

Kohler Design Center and Museum

Kohler, Wisconsin Has Some Of The Best Places To Eat

Okay, now onto the food. :) The first night there we had dinner at The Immigrant Restaurant and had the Chef’s Tasting Menu. Seriously one of the best meals of my life. Every single bite was amazing. We started with this appetizer, a Tasmanian Red Crab Cake with soft boiled egg and Lobster Hollandaise. Incredible.

Weekend Getaway in Kohler, Wisconsin

Dessert was this amazing Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Bruleed Bananas and Pineapple Compote all swimming in a Peanut Butter sauce and topped with Caramelized Whipped Cream. Heaven in a bowl!

Horse & Plow in Kohler, Wisconsin

Another favorite, totally casual meal was at the Horse & Plow.

Best Places To Eat In Kohler, Wisconsin

I started with this warm, comforting bowl of Wisconsin Cheese Soup. A must.

Where To Eat In Kohler, Wisconsin

I am still dreaming about these Beer-Battered Cheese Curds with country buttermilk ranch dressing!! I didn’t get a picture of the House-Made Pretzel Bites, but those are an absolute must too. :)

Kohler, Wisconsin Restaurants

For dessert we split this seriously fun State Fair Sundae. Buttered popcorn ice cream topped with caramel popcorn, cotton candy, and chocolate & caramel sauces. I didn’t eat the cotton candy, but I LOVED the ice cream and caramel corn combo!! I am totally doing this the next time I have ice cream. :) So good! :)

Best Desserts Kohler, Wisconsin

Check Out This Bakery In Kohler If You Love Sweets

Kohler also has an amazing chocolate cafe and bakery, the Craverie Chocolatier Café. These cookies were to die for! :)

Craverie Chocolatier Café in Kohler, Wisconsin

How swoon-worthy is this massive chocolate cake?? A taste-testing here is a must for sure. :)

Kohler Food & Wine Experience in Kohler, WisconsinClaudine Pepin, Amy, Me, Jacques Pepin.

The Kohler Food & Wine Experience Was So Much Fun

We were there during the annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience, so in our free time we got to attend a few classes and cooking demos with renowned chefs like Jacques Pepin. Jacques and his daughter Claudine had a wonderful cooking demo! They have such great onstage chemistry. The best part was that everyone in the audience gets to taste-test what they’re making. :)

Kohler Food & Wine Experience

Iron Chef Cat Cora was there doing a cooking demo as well, and after her session we got to sit down and chat with her.

Iron Chef Cat Cora

She was so sweet and totally down to earth!

Thing To Do In Kohler, Wisconsin

There are So Many Great Places To See In Kohler

I loved being on Kohler’s stunning campus. We were there Oct 17-20 and the fall leaves were at their peak.

Whistling Straits Golf Course

On Saturday afternoon we explored the award-winning Whistling Straits Golf Course.

Whistling Straits Golf Course Kohler, Wisconsin

I am not a golfer, but I loved just walking along the quiet trails and taking in the beauty of this course.

Kohler, Wisconsin Whistling Straits Golf Course

Looks like a breeze, huh?? Lol!

Kohler, Wisconsin Things To Do

The Whistling Straits golf course hosted the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships and boasts sweeping views of the shores of Lake Michigan.

Kohler, Wisconsin Vacation

The golf course is also home to a herd of sweet Aberdeen sheep, brought over from Scotland.

Sheep at the Whistling Straights Golf Course in Kohler, WisconsinPhoto via Dara

This little guy came over to say hi. :)

Visit Kohler, Wisconsin

This Rustic Restaurant Has Amazing Food

Our final meal in Kohler was at the River Wildlife Lodge, a private cabin tucked away in the middle of the woods.

River Wildlife Lodge In Kohler Wisconsin

We walked down a leaf-covered trail through the lush forest to reach this cozy, rustic log cabin.

Restaurants In Kohler Wisconsin

Everything on the menu looked amazing. I had no idea how I was going to choose! I decided on the Flax & Oat Crusted Canadian Walleye with Lemon Scallion Remoulade and it was phenomenal.

Weekend Getaway in Kohler, Wisconsin

And of course, the Brie is always a must!! :) Such a perfect night. This was seriously one of the most unforgettable meals of my life. I feel so lucky to have been a part of such an amazing weekend. Thank you so much to Kohler for hosting me for this event!

Plan Your Own Kohler, Wisconsin Weekend Getaway

If you get the chance to visit Kohler, here’s what I suggest you put on your must-do list :)

Where to Stay

American Club Resort

Where to Eat

The Immigrant Restaurant
Horse & Plow
River Wildlife Lodge
Craverie Chocolatier Cafe

What to do

Relax at the Waters Spa
Play golf at (or just explore!) one of the Award-Winning Courses
Shop in Kohler’s Shops at Woodlake
Visit the Kohler Design Center
Plan for the Kohler Food & Wine Experience 2014

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27 Responses
  1. Jamie

    Next on your Wisconsin list should be Cedarburg! Perhaps in June during the Strawberry festival or again in fall or winter where the little downtown is SUPER adorable. Be sure to check out Amy’s Candy Kitchen (as seen on Food Network, Martha Stewart, CNN, etc) Créme & Crepe, and the old Rivoli movie theatre from 1936! Be sure to stay at The Washington House Inn and get PJ Pipers for breakfast!

  2. KC

    Wow Amanda, this has to be one of my favorite posts in your blog; how stunning is that picture of the sheep on the hills, it looks like a dream! Makes me want to visit Wisconsin for sure

  3. Stacey

    I came to your blog to grab the recipe for the spicy sausage pasta (which by the way was fabulous!) and was excited to see this post. My husband proposed to me in the botanical gardens at the American Club…so beautiful in the spring and summer! Thanks for posting such beautiful photos. :)

  4. kristen

    Hi Amanda, thanks for sharing, enjoy ‘touching base’ with your website every week or so :-)
    Always great photographs to enjoy, sometimes I feel like i was there too!
    Love the ipad/armchair travels to kevinandamanda from Sydney Australia!

  5. Barb

    Amanda, I love reading your blog and your photos of everything are wonderful.

    So, don’t take this the wrong way but…seriously…how is it that you don’t weigh 500 pounds!?!?!? I just look at those food photos, read your descriptions and I’m sure 5 pounds land on both hips!!! :-)

    That resort looks gorgeous – you were very lucky to get to go there.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Cookin Canuck

    That meal at the Immigrant Restaurant was truly amazing, and your photos make me want to fly right back there and experience it all over again. This is a great recaps with so many wonderful photos, Amanda!

  7. Gina Fiscus

    You would not believe the GASP! I let out when I saw your photo with Jacques Pepin! How exciting! I adore him and make many of his dishes in my Southern California home. I am green with envy!

  8. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

    Amanda! You made me homesick for Kohler, and for you! Miss you, girl. We had the same tub. That was so cool. I love that bathroom shot of us girls. :) Great recap and so happy to have spent the time with you in such an amazing, beautiful little city! xo

  9. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Amanda, I’m so glad we got to do this together! What a fun and relaxing weekend we had–wish we could all head back right now. Maybe next fall? :)

  10. Marisa

    I only live an hour and a half from there and now you have made want to plan a weekend getaway there. Those cheese curds looked amazing! I get good homemade cheese curds a couple times a year and I look forward to them every time.

  11. Donna O'Klock

    My younger sister, Deanna, was a bartender in the Library Bar for many years. I have great memories of sitting right there in front of that window with a perfectly made Cosmopolitan.
    It was always a treat to enjoy their weekend brunch, or a visit to the Horse and Plow.
    I’m going to have to visit her again soon!

  12. Leslie Stachowiak

    It was such a pleasure having you in Kohler, Amanda! Your photos are amazing! I want to eat that dinner at The Immigrant Restaurant again :) Thank you for sharing your experience!

  13. Southbourne Gardens

    I was drooling over these food pictures when you posted them on instagram, they look even better on your blog. Fantastic post as ever Amanda.

  14. Alison

    Love all you pictures! Everyone of them tells a story. Any chance you can tell me what settings you were using? I may be getting the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 and was wondering if any of the pictures were taken with that lens.

  15. Amy Johnson

    I’ve spent my entire life living in Wisconsin and I have never heard of Kohler, WI. I will have to go there now. Thanks for the post.

  16. Talitha

    Amanda, I am so enjoying your blog(Cindy Golden told me about it) and am so proud of what you’ve done with it the last 10 years since I spent time with you prior to your marriage. Having grown up in Huntsville I am there about once a month and would love to get together and reconnect sometime if you’d like. The trip to Kohler looks fantastic and a place I’d like to visit! You inspire me.

  17. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    All of your pics are so gorgeous as usual. Obviously I need to wipe down my screen since I have dust on my tongue trying to get to that chocolate cake. Oops.

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